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Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese

Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese

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Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese
Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese



This hearty and flavorful Chinese Pepper Steak is one of my very favorite meals. Not only is it super-easy to prepare using simple ingredients, it comes together in under 30 minutes from start to finish!

It’s also budget-friendly which is a total WIN when it comes to a delicious and comforting dinner the whole family will love. Serve it over cooked rice for a complete meal!


  • Flank steak – sliced into ¼ inch strips across the grain. Flank steak can be substituted with sirloin, if desired.
  • Bell peppers – I use one green and one red bell pepper.
  • Garlic – minced fresh garlic. Feel free to use the jarred minced garlic if you’re in a hurry!
  • Granulated white sugar – brown sugar can also be used.
  • Yellow onion – you’ll need one medium onion.
  • Ground ginger – I use half of a teaspoon, but feel free to use more or less, depending upon your personal preference!
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Vegetable oil – sesame oil can also be used.
  • Corn starch
  • Sesame seeds – optional garnish.


Following is a brief overview of how to prepare – please see the recipe card for full detailed instructions.

  1. Prepare the sauce by whisking together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, ginger and corn starch in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a skillet or wok and cook the peppers and onions for about four minutes, then add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate or a bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and cook the beef for about five minutes, or until browned on both sides and fully cooked.
  4. Return the peppers and onions to the skillet with the beef and stir to combine.
  5. Pour in the sauce and stir to coat as evenly as possible. Cook for approximately one to two minutes (while stirring), or until sauce is thickened. Sprinkle with sesame seeds when serving, if desired.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1243mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1049IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg


Easy Chinese pepper steak recipe! tender strips of beef stir-fried with bell peppers and coated in tasty dark sauce. A delicious Chinese stir fry that is ready in less than 30 minutes and better than takeout. Learn how to make authentic Chinese pepper steak that will put your takeaway to shame.

This pepper steak is another Chinese takeout recipe we love and just like my instant pot chicken and broccoli recipe and salt and pepper chicken, it’s easy and quick to put together.

It’s colorful, flavorful, tasty and makes a great meal served on rice or noodles. We love serving it on basmati rice or easy cook long grain rice! You can also eat this high protein dish on its own if you are on a low carb diet.

If you are looking for another method of cooking steak aside the popular readers’ favorite instant pot steak, this is the one. It’s another easy steak recipe to add to your favorites.


Pepper steak is a Chinese American stir fry dish that is made with thinly sliced beef, bell peppers, soy sauce, seasoning and thickened with cornflour/cornstarch. It’s similar to black pepper beef. The beef often used in pepper steak is flank steak, sirloin or round steak. Although not ideal, you can use other cheaper cut of beef like flap meat and others however if you use the part that has more muscle, the meat tends to be tougher.


  • Wok
  • Stove


  • 500 g (1lb) Steak
  • 3 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 2 large Bell peppers 1 red, 1 green
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 4 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1.5 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper or to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoon Beef broth or Rice vinegar


Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese
Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese



  • To make chinese pepper steak from scratch,

    Cut steak into thin strips, add a tablespoon of cornflour, soy sauce and salt. Mix till evenly coated and set aside. Marinate for 30 minutes if you have the

  • Slice the bell peppers and onion in thin strips then set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add the soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, sesame oil, black pepper and remaining cornflour. Whisk to mix and set aside.
  • Place a wok on stove, add oil and bring to medium heat. When oil is heated, add in the marinated beef slices. Sear and brown both sides for few minutes.
  • Add in the bell peppers, onion, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for 2 minutes before adding the soy sauce mixture.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed, stir till it thickens then take off the stove.

    Serve immediately and enjoy.


  • To make slicing the beef easier, place in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This makes it firm and easier to slice.
  • Slice the beef against the grain.
  • If you have the time, marinate the beef 30 – 60 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Get the wok hot before searing the beef and keep hot till cooking done. Work quickly
  • Slice beef thinly and in similar size so it cooks fast and evenly.
  • Adjust black pepper to suit how spicy you want it.
  • Add beef broth or water to adjust for how saucy you pepper steak.


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1077mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2586IU | Vitamin C: 107mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg


Pepper Steak is tender and juicy slices of Steak mixed with peppers and lots of onion in a silky and flavorful sauce.

In this post, you will learn how to cook pepper steak on a stovetop, in a crockpot, how to velvet Steak’s cheap cuts to make the perfect Chinese pepper steak, plus many tips to take this dish to the next level!

We more than often have pepper steak for dinner, and I’ll show you how to make it an unforgettable meal. I’m sure that you will enjoy this pepper steak recipe more than the takeout you order from your local Chinese restaurant.

This dish can be served with noodles but mostly served with rice; therefore, it is called pepper steak and rice at some restaurants.


This Pepper Steak recipe is incredible and here’s why:

Easy: It’s incredibly easy to make and doesn’t require any planning ahead of time!

Pantry-staple ingredients: This dish packs a punch when it comes to flavor but it only requires pantry-staple ingredients.

Juicy and tender: Regardless of the beef cut you end up using, my post will teach you everything you need to know to make the steak incredibly tender and juicy.

Big flavors: Don’t underestimate the simple ingredients this recipe calls for, because you’re going to get big flavors!

Customizable and versatile: This recipe is absolutely perfect on its own but if you’re looking for the perfect Chinese stir-fry beef recipe to use as a base and to experiment with, this is the one you need.

Family-friendly: This recipe has rich flavors but it’s perfect for particularly everyone! Kids and adults seem to love it.


    • 1 lbs chuck steak cut into medium slices
    • 1 large onion cut into medium strips
    • ½ green bell pepper cut into medium strips
    • ½ red bell pepper cut into medium strips
    • 1 leveled teaspoon black pepper
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 cup Boiling water
    • 3 tablespoon oil
    • 3 tablespoon soy sauce I used low sodium
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • ½ cup warm water
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder you can use fresh


Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese
Pepper Steak with Onion Chinese



  • In a pan, add three tablespoon oil and fry the chuck in two batches until brown on both sides. Remove and keep aside. Don’t crowd the pan when browning.
  • In the same oil fry the onion until translucent. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, fry the bell peppers for few seconds and keep aside.
  • Add the fried chuck back to the pan, Season the chuck with salt and black pepper. Add two cups boiling water and let it cook on medium heat for 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. Add water if the meat is still tough and continue cooking.
  • When the meat is cooked add the onion and bell pepper.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients and pour over the steak, stir until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve hot.


  1. You can use other cuts of meat, like T-Bone, Rib Eye, and Tenderloin.
  2. How to cut the Steak against the grain in the post above.
  3. The crockpot pepper steak recipe is in the post above.
  4. Tips on tenderizing and velveting the beef in the post above.
  5. You can add more vegetables to the pepper steak, like mushrooms, carrots, and zucchini.
  6. This post was originally posted in 2017, updated in November 2020, and again in March 2022.


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